New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday registered 13th First Information Report (FIR) against 52 accused in connection with the mysterious deaths related to the infamous Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.
The 52 persons include former Higher Education Minister of Madhya Pradesh Laxmikant Sharma and his aide Om Prakash Shukla. The FIR was lodged against them in connection with the alleged involvement in constable recruitment through Vyapam.
The development comes a day after the investigating body had registered two preliminary enquiries (PE) into the said case.
The CBI had earlier registered 12 FIRs and launched five preliminary enquiries into the scam involving the Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal or Vyapam.
The agency took over investigations in the case of alleged alteration of Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) sheets by the employees of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board also known as Vyapam in Transport Constable Recruitment Test 2012.
As per PTI, CBI sources said case has been registered against Sharma and his ex-Officer on Special Duty Shukla under IPC provisions of criminal conspiracy, cheating forgery among others besides sections 3(1-2), 4 of MP Recognised Exams Act 1937, Sections 65, 66 of IT ACT and Sections 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act.
It is alleged that the preferred candidates were asked to leave their OMR sheets blanks and were given high percent of marks. The sheets were later filled on the basis of answer keys according to numbers given to preferred candidates.
Earlier, a FIR was lodged in connection with the death of an MBBS student Namrata Damor, an accused in Vyapam scam. Her body was found near the railway tracks in Ujjain district and police had initially probed it suspecting murder. However, it later closed the case concluding it was accidental death.
Clearing the air about number of preliminary enquiries, CBI has said so far five preliminary inquiries have been registered as death of nine persons linked with Vyapam is being inquired as one inquiry.
A 40-member CBI contingent headed by Joint Director RP Agarwal, a 1986 batch Assam-Meghalya cadre IPS officer, is probing the Vyapam cases.
A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu had on July 9 transferred the probe of all Vyapam cases, including the related deaths, to CBI.
(With Agency inputs)